Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted by KissinBlueKaren where she throws out a topic (mostly non-bookish), and we blog about it!
This week - My First Job
I decided when I was I think 13 that I needed more money, I needed things of importance like the latest cassette tape or the latest Doc Martens and they cost ££££££.
Some of my friends and family where already working at a local cafe, I am not going to name it but people who know who read this will know exactly where. I ended up getting a job washing dishes for I think £2.88 an hour, my first shift was 4 hours long and my god was it a shock to the system.
However I grew to love the job, I was working with friends from school and I also met friends from another school that I would later attend.
I worked about 16 hours over the weekend and an occasional evening during the week. I had access to all the chips (as in fries US readers) and coke I could drink. I could sneakily have a cigarette out the back and the icing on the cake was the uniform.
Well there was two uniforms, the first was a gingham blue affair with a frilly apron but then it changed to a blue polo shirt and a utility apron. Both the height of fashion, but being a teenager I would drown myself in Body Shop White Musk perfume not giving a thought to health and hygiene.
I ascended the ranks from humble plate washer I became a waitress, I am not really a people person so it was my idea of hell plus it was a truck stop too and lorry drivers can be course. They are partly responsible for my love of swearing!
I ended up a cook which was excellent fun, cooking fried breakfasts, bacon rolls, scampi, all the usual cafe fair. I would go home smelling of chip fat with bits of food under my nails but I really enjoyed it.
The downside of the job, there was a rota for cleaning, you either got the hoovering or the toilets, the toilets was just horrendous and there was a shower in the gents which exposed me to some truly interesting sights - not people sights, what people leave behind.
I was there for 4 years and in the last 18 months I started my first grown up job and as the money was good from there I decided to give up my job.
I have no regrets about doing it, I earned my own cash, I met new friends and it helped me grow confidence plus there was all those chips!
What was your first job?
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